Brothers take over as Blazers bounce back

Shaad O'Garro goes up for two of his game-high 34 points.

The O’Garro brothers put their team on their backs as defending champions Sol Blazers defeated Silver Bullets 92-89 Sunday night (4 June) to force a deciding third game in the Cayman Islands Basketball Association’s Division 1 men’s finals.

Shaad and Samuel O’Garro combined for 64 points and scored 18 of their team’s final points to secure a comeback win for the Blazers, who trailed by seven points entering the fourth quarter.

Blazers opened the game on an 8-0 run, only to see the lead slip away as Davion Cotterell scored 11 of his team-high 29 points in the first quarter to give Silver Bullets a 25-18 lead after 10 minutes.


Trailing by double-digits entering the third quarter, Blazers steadily erased the deficit and took a 79-78 lead on Kevin Maxwell’s layup with 6:20 left in the fourth quarter.

A tight finish was on the cards with spectators urging their teams on. Blazers were up by a single point inside the final minute and extended the lead to four points after Samuel O’Garro was fouled on a layup and converted the And-1 at the line. O’Garro iced the game with 7.6 second when he hit a pair of free throws to take the score to 92-89.

Shaad O’Garro scored a game-high 34 points, shooting better than 50 percent from the field, including six of 11 from three-point range. He also grabbed 14 rebounds, had four steals, five assists and three blocks.


Samuel O’Garro also packed the scoresheet with 30 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, four steals and a pair of blocks. Kevin Maxwell added a double-double with 13 points and 14 rebounds. Nikolai Marquis, despite not having a good shooting night, ran the point well and had nine assists.

In addition to his 29 points, Cotterell hauled in 11 boards, had three steals and two blocks in a losing effort. Jake Whittaker added a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds before fouling out. Peter Grant added 16 points, seven assists, six rebounds and four steals. NiiAkwei General-Vanderpuije added 15 points, five rebounds, five steals and four assists.


The result means the teams meet again for the third straight Sunday to determine who lifts the trophy. With both games decided by three points each, it shapes up to be an exciting conclusion to the season.

See full box score for game two here.

Read game one recap here.

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